Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and Co-convener of Holyrood's cross-party group on sport, says the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is sure to inspire a new wave of enthusiasm for sport.

Commenting as the Games enters its closing weekend, Ms Johnstone, a qualified athletics coach and former competitive runner, said:

"Glasgow 2014 has brought people from across the globe together. While spectators cheer on their countrymen and women the applause for each and every athlete from all parts of the crowd is testament to the generous and knowledgeable Scottish audience.

"I've no doubt that many people, young and old, will be inspired to follow in the footsteps of those they've cheered on this week. We need to look at formal links with coaches and educators in our schools.

"Physical education and games aren't the same thing and we need to invest in physical literacy for our young people as this will pay dividends in terms of long term health and well being. The challenge now, if we're to deliver a meaningful legacy, is to make sure the facilities and coaches are in place for this to become a reality, and that no one is priced out of a more active lifestyle.

"Investing in sport is money well spent."

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